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Crossfire (1947)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 August 1947 (USA)
A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why?

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Homicide Capt. Finlay finds evidence that one or more of a group of demobilized soldiers is involved in the death of Joseph Samuels. In flashbacks, we see the night's events from different viewpoints as Sergeant Keeley investigates on his own, trying to clear his friend Mitchell, to whom circumstantial evidence points. Then the real, ugly motive for the killing begins to dawn on both Finlay and Keeley... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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15 August 1947 (USA)  »

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Cradle of Fear  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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The shoulder patches on the soldier's uniforms are for the Military District of Washington (DC). See more »

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When Leroy reaches to pick up the address paper that Montgomery drops, the reverse angle looks up to show the room ceiling. The lighting reveals that it is obviously fabric stretched (badly) over a frame. See more »

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Leroy: [Referring to Monty] Is he dead?
Police Captain Finlay: He's been dead for a long time and didn't even know it.
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Powerful, well-made but a little overstated
11 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A bigoted soldier kills a man for being Jewish and tries to pin it on a fellow soldier. Not as good as the novel it was based on ("The Brick Foxhole") in which it was a gay man who was killed...but Hollywood wouldn't touch that in 1947. That said, it's still a very good film. The anti-Semitism is handled very well, but it's hammered into the audience that bigotry is bad...well duh! But this was 1947. The picture is well-acted by the entire cast (especially Robert Young and Robert Ryan) and the tone is very dark...as it should be. Very atmospheric too. A deserved big hit in its day...well worth seeing.


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